Hey, /k/. Just wondering if any of you legal-minded anons could tell me if coilguns or any other devices that fire projectiles using electromagnetism instead of an explosive primer like pic related would be considered "guns" under the law or not?
The reason I'm asking is because I want to know if they'd be likely to be banned along with conventional firearms if strict gun control laws are passed.
Federally. State, county or city may have laws about "projectile weapons" or some shit. My city has a no discharging a weapon within city limits, and that includes bows and stuff.>>27537721
>Under 26 USCA § 861 (a), firearms is defined as “"a shot gun or rifle having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length, or any other weapon, except a pistol or revolver, from which a shot is discharged by an explosive if such weapon is capable of being concealed on the person, or a machine gun, and includes a muffler or silencer for any firearm whether or not such firearm is included within the foregoing definition." United States v. Adams, 11 F. Supp. 216, 217 (S.D. Fla. 1935)
>Law involving firearms governs the registration of any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device. Title 26, U.S.C., Sec. 5861(d), makes it a Federal crime or offense for anyone to possess certain kinds of firearms which are not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Laws govern who may own firearms, such as prohibiting felons to carry guns, childrens' access to firearms, recordkeeping, transport, and licensing of those dealing in firearms. Federal law makes it unlawful for any person except a licensed dealer to engage in the business of dealing in firearms. Some states have also adopted dealer regulations.
Keep it 50 cal or under or it will be considered destructive device. As the destructive device clause also says
"any type of weapon by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant"
The propellant in this case being electromagnetic propulsion.
actually "airsoft" guns (shit, I know) which employ electricity to move a piston for the purpose of providing enough pressure to send a small bb down a barrel (standard AEG) are considered electronic firearms. while not regulated, that would like change as soon as the ATF found reason to.
Read the act only includes things with the ability to be used as a weapon, if someone goes around killing people with a t-shirt cannon im they would be banned. As it is now non weapons such as flare launchers and weapons with sporting purpose (most shotguns) are exempt.